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Can't kill QuickTime

Got tired of QuickTime autostarting in spite of unchecking it in msconfig. Read that I could rename QTTASK.exe and keep it from starting. It didn't start anymore, but now I was getting a nag box about "Windows can't find .....(see screenshot below).  I then uninstalled QuickTime. Still got the nag box. Used 'search' to find and delete every trace I could. Then used the find function in the registry (run several times) to delete all I could find there. I'm still getting nagged by the ghost of this piece of crap that refuses to die. I'm using a PC, XP Home SP3. Someone please tell me how to get rid of this nag box.
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MereteCommented:
quicktime is an integral part of windows and  should only be disabled.
It has a few dependancies especially itunes,  windows live and WWW

Click Start > Run and type %windir%\system32. Click OK.
Delete the QuickTime folder
Delete the files QuickTimeVR.qtx and QuickTime.qts
Use QT alternative to keep some programs that depend on it functioning
http://codecpackguide.com/quicktimealt.htm
windows stratup inspector makes it simple
http://www.windowsstartup.com/startupinspector.php
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meamjwAuthor Commented:
Merete,
I have already removed all folders and files with the name Quicktime and QTTASK.exe.
Prior to doing that I had tried numerous times to block QT by unchecking it in msconfig and also in SysInternals Autoruns. Quicktime no longer runs, but I still get the nag about Windows can't find QTTASK.exe every time my computer boots. I have already installed Quicktime Alternative.
Thanks for your effort.
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MereteCommented:
Something that is dependent on QT is still looking for it. As i said there is a lot of programs that use it.
Must be some sub folders or reg keys still alive in the auto runs
Does the windows start-up inspector help on that ?
Unhide  system files if you have not already done so
see if this helps
How to remove qttask error
http://www.file.net/process/qttask.exe.html
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MereteCommented:
oh yeah try safemode since it's a very limited version or windows may free up any dependancies so you can delete
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meamjwAuthor Commented:
Merete,
I thought I added a comment about two hours ago. Don't know what happened to it.
I tried many times to block QT by unchecking it in msconfig and also SysInternals Autoruns. It kept starting anyway. Now I have deleted all folders and files named Quicktime or QTTASK.exe. QT does not run anymore, but I still get the nag box everytime I boot about Windows can't find QTTASK.exe. That's what I need to get rid of now. I have already installed Quicktime Alternative.
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meamjwAuthor Commented:
Please excuse the repetitive comment. When I first viewed the question, all I could see were my question and your first reply, so I wrote the second thinking the first had somehow got lost. When I reviewed again, all was there???
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MereteCommented:
No probs meamjw didn't notice it myself,
 it happens often since we are actaully at the other ends of the world I'm in Australia where are you :)
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MereteCommented:
I did search on my xp pro system and found one in the C:\windows\Prefetch folder
include hidden folders
QTTASK.EXE-342507FB.pf
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meamjwAuthor Commented:
Merete,
I finally found the culprit. I had added qttask to the delayed start section of Win Patrol and forgot all about it until I opened Win Patrol again a few minutes ago. Deleted qttask from there and restarted. No more naggy box.
I think you still deserve the points for all your effort, so will award them. Thanks much.
Oh, you asked where I am; I'm in E. Texas, USA.
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MereteCommented:
A Texan cool. Thanks meamjw glad to be of assistance.
Hindsight yes of course firewalls and AV hold onto software and regesters it as active I remember a similar problem with some spyware hidden inside the Norton AV history and  the culprit started with it.
 I could not for the life of me find where it was residing until I removed Norton.
Norton holds a hidden recycle bin
Thanks for bringing that back to memory.
 Well done !!

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